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R.I.P. Alain Resnais

There was a strange comfort not only knowing that Alain Resnais was “out there”, but that he was still making films, after eight decades of extraordinary work – EIGHT DECADES, and that those new films coming to us felt fresh, … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Harold Ramis

Very sad news: Director/writer/producer/actor Harold Ramis has passed away at the age of 69. Of all of the films that have come out during my lifetime, all the huge important Oscar-winning serious films, all the weighty masterpieces, all the films … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Shirley Temple

Some of my earliest movie memories are of watching Shirley Temple movies on the little black-and-white TV in my cousins’ basement den. Channel 56. I would not be who I am today if Channel 56 hadn’t existed. We didn’t watch … Continue reading

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Tribute to Philip Seymour Hoffman

RogerEbert.com contributors, including yours truly, remember Philip Seymour Hoffman.

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R.I.P. Philip Seymour Hoffman

I don’t want to believe it is true. A part of me is refusing to believe it. But apparently it is true. I don’t know what to say. With all of the great acting work he has done, I also … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Phil Everly

Don Everly: “We did what we liked and followed our instincts. Rock ‘n’ roll did survive, and we were right about that. Country did survive, and we were right about that. You can mix the two but people said we … Continue reading

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R.I.P., Joan Fontaine

While filming “The Women”, in 1939, Joan Fontaine, who played “the sheep” Peggy, was surrounded by powerhouse scene-stealers with far more acting experience and ambition to dominate than she had, Grande Dames like Norma Shearer and Joan Crawford and Rosalind … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Peter O’Toole

Mitchell and I can recite My Favorite Year almost word for word, and “I AM NOT AN ACTOR! I’M A MOVIE STAR!!” is the best of the bunch (although “I only wore it once” is a close second). I know … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Nelson Mandela

Invictus by William Ernest Henley Out of the night that covers me, Black as the pit from pole to pole, I thank whatever gods may be For my unconquerable soul. In the fell clutch of circumstance I have not winced … Continue reading

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“I’ll always remember his fragility. I felt in some way that I connected to his fragility, and identified with it.” – Lars Ulrich on Lou Reed

Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich on Lou Reed. There’s the typical Metallica braggodoccio there, but I would miss it if it were absent. It’s a beautiful memory, and I am thankful that Lars Ulrich shared it. And I thought Lulu was … Continue reading

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